The Road Ahead
Pastor Merritt has had successful surgery (on 12/23) and is currently at home recuperating.  He will be out for another 10-12 days continuing to improve his health and taking some well-earned rest and recreation.  There will be no Wonderful Wednesday activities until Wednesday, January 11th, 2017. Similarly, the first Church Council meeting will be postponed until Tuesday, January 17th at 6:30 PM. In case of any pastoral emergencies during this period, please contact Rick Phillips at 503-7933.

A series of guest pastors and speakers will be leading our worship over the next few weeks. On Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24th, services will be held at both 7:00 PM (led by Lay Pastor Norma Encarnacion) and 11:00 PM (led by Pastor Rick Phillips). On both Christmas and New Year’s Sunday, Rev. Julian Graham will lead our worship services.

We look forward to a special concert by Don and Jadine Root on Sunday, January 8th—this is their second annual appearance at RUMC. More information about this special event can be found on  the NEWS page.


RESTORE Closes Its Doors
Karen Moore and Carole Whidden have announced that they, along with their husbands Bill and Tracy, have made the decision to resign from their Volunteer duties at RESTORE. They feel it is just time for them to move into a different “season” in their lives. They expressed that they are very tired, and can’t do the things that they used to do. Running RESTORE really is a “five-day a week ministry with a lot of heavy lifting!” They plan to finish out this week on Friday December 17th. Then they will close the Food Pantry and Thrift Shop for good.

There will be a RESTORE Re-Organization meeting in Crichton Hall at 10:00 AM on Wednesday morning, January 4th.  Everyone interested in continuing this vital church ministry to our community are urged to attend.

We want to thank the Moore’s and the Whidden’s for all their years of hard work, dedication, and compassionate ministry to those in need in our community. Please know that they are not leaving the church. They plan to continue to worship with us in the days ahead.

Church Office Closures
The church offices will be closed on Monday, December 26th and again on Monday, January 2, 2017 for the holidays. RESTORE will be closed, and will not be accepting donations until further notice. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!

A Special Thank You
We want to take this opportunity to thank the Rev. Julian Graham, a retired pastor from Sun City Center for leading our worship services on both Christmas and New Year’s Day. We ask God’s special blessing on Rev. Graham.

New Appointments
Jack Findlay has agreed to be our new Building Usage Coordinator for 2017, and David Burt has accepted the post of Trustee Chair for the coming year. Blessings on these men as they continue to support the infrastructure of the church!

Join the Women’s Retreat in February
A group of RUMC ladies, headed by Sharon Cayce, are planning to attend the Florida Conference Women’s Retreat on February 10-12th. The retreat will be held at the Life Enrichment Center in Fruitland Park, Florida. The Reverend Juana Jordan will be the keynote speaker, and there will be Bible study, music, devotional times, and enrichments. You can find out more information and even register online 
at this link. And you can contact Sharon at sharon.cayce@verizon.net to become part of the RUMC delegation.


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Faith Groups/Sunday School, 9:00 AM-9:55 AM
Relationships/Refreshment, 10:00 AM-10:25 AM
Worship Service, 10:30 AM
Hispanic Worship Service
 12:00 Noon

Rev. Merritt Waters, Pastor
Norma Encarcion, Lay Speaker, Hispanic Congregation

Here at Riverview First United Methodist Church, it is our mission to win people to Christ, to train believers to become disciples, and to send disciples to impact our community and the world for Jesus Christ.
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Calendar of Upcoming Events

Monday, January 2
No meetings tonight.  Church Offices Closed for New Year's holiday.
(No UMW Meeting for January)

Tuesday, January 3
Trustees Meeting.  Library, 7:00 PM

Wednesday, January 4
RESTORE Re-organization Meeting.  Library, 10 AM

Sunday, January 8
Don and Jadine Booth. Sanctuary, 10:30 AM.

Monday, January 9
United Methodist Men.  Crichton Fellowship Hall, 7:00 PM.

Wednesday, January 11
Wonderful Wednesday Activities Resume. Crichton Fellowship Hall, 6:00 PM

Tuesday, January 17
Church Council Meeting.  Library, 6:30 PM

Friday, February 10—
Sunday, February 12
Women’s Retreat at Fruitland Park.  4991 Picciola Road, Fruitland Park, Florida.
Download the Prayer Tree for 
January 1 from this link.
Bible Passage of the Week
The Old Ways Must Go!
So I insist—and God backs me up on this—that there can be no going along with the crowd, the empty-headed, mindless crowd. They’ve refused for so long to deal with God that they’ve lost touch not only with God but with reality itself. They can’t think straight anymore. Feeling no pain, they let themselves go in sexual obsession, addicted to every sort of perversion.

But that’s no life for you. You learned Christ! My assumption is that you have paid careful attention to him, been well instructed in the truth precisely as we have it in Jesus.  Since we do not have the excuse of ignorance, everything—and I do mean everything—connected with that old way of life has to go. It’s rotten through and through. Get rid of it! And then take on an entirely new way of life—a God-fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces his character inside you.

Ephesians 4:17-24 (The Message)
The 2016 RUMC Christmas Cantata on YouTube--courtesy of David Burt